GBL-8- The Way Home

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“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 8”

Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
Ben Bailey.

The apostle Paul said, "For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which
we eagerly wait for the Lord Jesus Christ."
Welcome to our study of God's word and as we think about the
Christians' way home.
Home is one of those words that brings such a fond meaning to our
heart and to our life. We often say, "There's no place like home." How true
that is. Where you feel the most comfortable, where you feel loved, where
you feel protected and taken care of- home has a special place in every
person's heart.
Friend, how true that is for the child of God as we think about Heaven
as our home. The Bible describes it that way. Paul said our true citizenship
is in Heaven. That's where we really belong, is in Heaven itself. Jesus said,
"I'm going to prepare a place for you," John 14:1. There is that place of
beauty, and rest, and splendor for every child of God, but how do you get
If I said to you today, "How do get to your house? How do you get
home?" Well, you could tell me, "You take this road, and you turn right
here, or you go straight here, you go around the curve, and we're the last
house on the right." You could tell me the directions to your home. What
about for the child of God? What is the way home for every Christian?
That's what we're considering today as we think about God's divine plan for

As you think about home, some of the Christian hymns so beautifully
illustrate, ‘this world is not our home. We are just a passing through.’ Paul
said in 2 Corinthians 5:1 that if our house, this Earthly tabernacle, is
destroyed, we have a building from God not made with hands. This body
even is not my home. The house with a roof over it, it's not really my home.
I need a home, spiritually speaking, and that home has been prepared for
Think about the words of Jesus in John 14:1. Jesus had already told
His disciples that He's about to have to leave and go away. They would get
discouraged at that idea, and so Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be
troubled. Don't get discouraged. You believe in God, believe also in me. In
my father's house are many mansions. Were it not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive you to myself that, where I am, there you may
be also."
Friend, to really understand the idea of going home, we've got to
realize this is not home. This is just the temporary side. The Bible describes
Christians in some unique words that help us to understand this. We are
described as pilgrims, sojourners, exiles or foreigners. Why? We're
described as aliens, as it were; somebody who's transplanted in a foreign
country is the idea because this is not home. As we said, we often sing,
"This world's not my home. I'm just a passing through," and how true that
is. Thus, death will usher us into that final home, and there are only two
options. Jesus said in Matthew 25:46, "The righteous will go away into
eternal life and the unrighteous into eternal death on the other side."
We want Heaven to be our home. What do we have to do to get
there? Let's think about these things. First and foremost, if I'm going to go
to Heaven, if I'm going to find the way home to be with God, I've got to
desire that more than anything else. To go to Heaven, you have to desire it
more than anything else in all the world.
Now, let me give you some examples. I want to illustrate from some
great people of the Bible that, more than anything else, they wanted to go
to Heaven.
Let me give you an example of Abraham. Listen to his words. In
Hebrews 11:10 it is said of Abraham, "For he looked for a city which hath

foundations whose builder and maker is God." Now, you stop and think
about Abraham for a moment. Abraham received the promise, that
Promised Land, promised blessing that God was going to give him. He was
going to be the blessing of all nations. If anybody might be able to have
gotten settled down, it would have been Abraham. But Abraham was still
looking for something greater, a city with foundations whose builder and
maker was God. What was Abraham looking for? More than anything else,
Abraham desired Heaven as his home.
Let me give you the example of David in the scripture. The context is
David's son, his young son from the immoral relationship with Bathsheba,
has now died. Here's what David said, and you can hear the longing to go
home in his voice. David said in 2 Samuel 12:23 at the death of his young
son, "But now he is dead. Wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back
again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." What's David talking
about? How's he going to go to his son? His son's dead. There's the idea.
He knew that young son was with God, and David said, ‘There's no reason
for me to cry now. It's all done. He's with God. I'm not going to bring him
back to me. One day, I'm going to go home to be with him.’
Then of course think of the words of Paul in Philippians 1:21-24. Paul
discussed the idea of being between that spiritual rock and a hard place,
wanting to stay here, do more evangelism, do more good, longing to go
and be with Christ, which Paul said is far better, "I desire to depart and be
with Christ, which is far better."
Friend, just like these three men, we've got to desire it more than
anything else. Friend, you've got to desire it more than the pleasures of this
world, more than wealth, and riches, and fame, and power, more than
every physical lust you could partake in. If I'm really going to go home and I
really desire that, I've got to realize the things of this world aren't really that
important. The things of this world cannot become my focus. Christ has to
be my focus in every way.
If one's going to find the way home, you've got to decide to go home
more than anything else. If you've ever been on a trip, maybe a prolonged
trip, maybe you've had to stay somewhere for a long while, you talk to
maybe some people, especially those who might have been in the military,
and maybe they had to go overseas for two or three years to serve in a
battle or to serve the military-can't you hear the longing to go home in their

voice, to see mama's face again, to sit at the kitchen table with the family,
to be with your wife and your kids? You can just imagine how wonderful it
is. If you've been gone very long, coming home is one of the best feelings
you can imagine.
Friend, to go to Heaven, you've got to decide to go there. To go
home, that's got to be your decision, and only you can make it. Life is filled
with decisions every day. God's not going to force you. The devil cannot
make you. You have a free will. In Joshua 24:15, Joshua said to the people
of God, "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. As for me, in
my house, we're going to serve the Lord.” Are you going to decide to go to
Heaven? It's a decision every person has got to make. You can't have
everything. You've got to decide what's really going to be important in this
A decision to not go to Heaven and to not obey God is, by default, a
decision to go to Hell. We don't often think about that. If I decide, ‘I know
what the Bible teaches. I know what I ought to do. I know how I ought to
live, but I'm not going to do that.’ Maybe you say, ‘I'm not going to do that
right now.’ Do we realize that a decision not to obey God, by default, is a
decision to go to Hell and not go to Heaven? How serious of a thought that
ought to be in every person's heart and mind.
Now friend, be assured, God the Father, and Jesus the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, all three of the God head, desperately want us to make the right
Romans 10:21, God said, "All day long, I have stretched forth my
hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people." Can't you see God's love
there? God said, "All day, every day, I've stretched out my hand to try to
help you, but you wouldn't do it." Listen to the words of the Lord in 2 Peter
3:9, "The Lord's not slow concerning his promises, as some count
slowness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance." Not only does God plead with man
to be saved, the Bible says the Lord's not slow. It's not as though God can't
get here or God can't get here quick enough, but God is long-suffering. The
Lord's long-suffering. He wants all men to be saved. Listen to the words of
the Holy Spirit. Revelation 22:17 the Word of God says this, "And the Spirit
and the bride say come. Let him that heareth say come... Let whosever will
come to take freely of the water of life." God wants you to go home. Jesus

wants you to go home. The Spirit pleads with every child of God, "Please
make the decision to go home."
Friend, let's realize this. It's a personal decision. Nobody can make it
for you. Nobody can make that decision for you. Nobody can live that life
for you, and nobody can prepare for you. It is a personal decision you've
got to make.
We're pleading with you today. Make the right decision. Friend, we
plead with you on this basis. We just don't know how much time and
opportunity we've got left.
Let me illustrate that to you from an example in the Bible. Matthew
25:1-12, is the story of the 10 virgins. Basically, the bridegroom is going to
choose a bride. There are 10 virgins there, and so they're preparing
themselves for when the bridegroom comes. Five of them, though, aren't
really prepared. They see the bridegroom coming. Five of those 10 virgins
are ready. They have their lamps trimmed. They have oil in them. As he
comes, they can go out and meet him, and they're ready. Five are
described as foolish virgins. They don't have any oil in their lamp. Because
of that, they have to run to the city at the last minute and try to buy oil. The
Bible says while they were away, the bridegroom came. The door was shut
forever more. They weren't able to go into that great feast.
Why did Jesus tell that story? The five foolish virgins weren't ready.
They didn't prepare. They wanted others to do it for them, ‘Give us some of
your oil.’ Can't do it. You weren't ready. You didn't make that decision. You
weren't prepared.
Friend, we encourage you today, in view of the splendor and the
wonder of going home to be with God forever, don't procrastinate. Don't put
off that decision. Make the right choice to obey God while you have time
and while you have opportunity.
As we think about the way home and the need to make the decision
to go there, let's realize there is only one way home. There are not multiple
paths. There are not multiple avenues or multiple roads to get there. There
is one way to get home. Jesus said it, did he not? John 14:6, Jesus said, "I
am the way, the truth, the life. No man comes to the Father except by me."
You cannot get to God without going through Christ. He's the only way.
Buddha can't save you. The Hindu religion can't save you. All these world

religions around can't save us. Friend, Jesus, his teaching and the truth is
the only way to be saved.
Friend, included in that one way, there are several things Jesus says
are unique to getting in that one way. For example, Christ said, "In the one
way, there's just one body." Ephesians 4:4, "There is one body." If I'm
going to be a part of God's saved that are, one day, going home to be with
God, I want to be a part of the one body or the one church Jesus built.
Ephesians 1:22-23, "He's the head of the church which is His body." There
is one body and, therefore, there's only one church. There is but one faith,
one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Sometimes people say, ‘There are multiplicity of faiths, and all you've
got to do is believe.’ No. There's one faith, and that one faith is trust in
Jesus, obedient trust in Jesus that will lead to Heaven. There's only one
guide to get you there, the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, "All scripture is
given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction and righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Friend, here's the good news- this book, the Bible, is the only book
you need to get to Heaven. Only one guide, and that is the Word of God.
Isn't that good news? I don't have to worry about all these mass volumes of
books written by men. I don't have to worry about church manuals, or
catechisms, or manuals of faith and belief. No. If I'll take what the Bible
says, if I'll read this book, if I'll study it, and if I'll do what God says, it's the
perfect guide. It'll lead you and lead me to Heaven itself. There's only one
mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 2:5, "There is one God, one
mediator, the man Christ Jesus." He's the one who's going to get us to
Heaven itself.
There's only one baptism, one Lord, and one faith. That baptism is
immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins. How do we know that? Mark
1:9-11, at the baptism of Jesus it says, "And as he was coming up out of
the water, the Spirit descended upon him live a dove." Jesus was
immersed in water, and Jesus taught us baptism is for the forgiveness of
sins. ‘He that believes and is baptized will be saved. He that does not
believe shall be condemned.’

Let's realize that the way that God has described is also mentioned in
the Bible as being narrow or restricted, unlike the ways of the world that
people will say are just so wide and easy to follow. That's not what the
Bible says. Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said "Enter by the narrow gate, for wide
is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction. There are many
who go in by it, because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few who find it." What did Jesus say about the
way home? Jesus said, ‘enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate,
broad is the way that leads to destruction. Many are going down it. But
narrow and restricted is the way that leads to life, few who find it.’ Friend,
that doesn't mean that you can't live the Christian life, that you can't obey
the gospel, and that you can't find the way home. You can-but you've got to
use the proper guide. You've got to follow God. You've got to follow Jesus
and not the teaching of men.
Now, Jesus illustrated the need to follow His teaching and His way
because there is another alternative, and that way is the way many are
going down. Here is that way. Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25 says,
"There is a way that seems right to a man, the end thereof is the way of
death." Don't follow men and men's ideas alone. Don't follow their teaching.
Put your trust and your faith in God and his way, which will lead you home.
The way home is very, very simple to find. Isaiah 35:8, in the long ago,
Isaiah said, "And a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called
the Way of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for
those, the wayfaring men, though fools shall not err therein." There is a
way, God's way. Friend, that's a simple way. It's not a hard path. Really,
there are several ways that men have, as we've said, but God's way is so
simple and so unique.
Here's what it takes to get on God's way. You've got to be willing to
give up self and to put God first to get on the right path. Listen to what
Jesus here said in Matthew 16:24, "If anyone desires to come after me, let
him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Am I willing? Here's what it takes to go home: to deny self. Am I
willing to give up self? 2 Corinthians 8:5, the Macedonians first gave
themselves to the Lord. Am I willing to give myself to the Lord? Will I put off
the old man? Will I give up ways that are not right according to God's
teaching? Will I be willing to forsake all to follow Jesus? Matthew 19:27,

"And then to go home, I have to get into Christ." Not only do I have to deny
self, I have to become a Christian.
Now friend as we think about the idea of getting into Christ and what
that means, there are several passages in scripture that specifically teach
us how to get into Christ so that I can go home. Let me illustrate, first of all,
the essentiality of this. The Bible says, in Ephesians 1:3, "All spiritual
blessings are ours in Christ." What's important about being in Christ? Every
spiritual blessing's there. 2 Timothy 2:10-12 the Bible says, "Salvation is in
Christ." Were we to illustrate being in Christ with a circle, inside that circle,
then, is every spiritual blessing. Inside that circle is all spiritual blessings
and salvation. Now, if man is outside of that, how do you get into Christ?
Well, let's turn our attention to the word of God and see.
Galatians 3:27 the Bible says, "For as many of you as were baptized
into Christ Jesus have clothed yourselves with Christ." If all spiritual
blessings are there, if salvation is there, then friend, I've got to get into
Christ. How do I get into Christ? As many of us as were baptized into Christ
have clothed ourselves with Christ, we ask you to think seriously today. As
you think about the journey home, are you in Christ? Have you obeyed the
gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Are you sure that you're a
child of God and you're following the teaching that God wants you to
The Bible clearly teaches what we must do to be saved. To be saved,
you've got to hear the word of God. Romans 10:17, "Faith comes by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God." I've got to have faith to please
God. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith, it's impossible to please God,"
right, and so no faith, no pleasing God. How do you get faith? Faith comes
by hearing. Hearing what? Hearing the word of God. To please God and
get faith, I've got to hear His word. I've got to study the scriptures and read
the Bible for myself.
Once I've heard the word, then I've got to believe it to be true. Acts
Chapter Eight, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch are traveling down the
road. He's up in the chariot, teach you about Christ. In the distance, the
Eunuch sees water. He says, "Hey, here's water. What does hinder me
from being baptized?" Listen to the qualification, "If you believe with all you
heart, you may." Acts 8:31:37 that man said, "I believe." Not only do I have
to hear the message, I've got to believe in Jesus as the son of God.

Then the Bible teaches, to be saved, you've got to turn from sin and
turn to God, known as repentance. Peter preached it this way in Acts 3:19,
"Repent and turn again that your sins may be blotted out, that seasons of
refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." Having repented, I've
got to acknowledge, with my mouth, Jesus is the Savior. Romans 10 Verse
10 says, "With the heart, with the mind, one believes unto righteousness,
and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation." What we say when
we talk about confession, Jesus illustrated that in Matthew 10:32-33, "If you
won't confess me before men, neither will I confess you before my father
who is in Heaven. If you will confess me before men, I'll also confess you
before my father who is in Heaven." Like the Ethiopian Eunuch, I need to
confess. I need to say, "I believe Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living
Then friend the Bible clearly teaches that to get in the way and to be
saved, I must be baptized in water for the remission of sins. The world is so
confused in many ways as it relates to baptism, but the Bible is very, very
simple on the subject. Jesus said, "He that believes and is baptized will be
saved." Now, what did Jesus say you have to do to be saved? "He that
believes," it doesn't end there, "and is baptized will be saved." John 3:5,
Jesus said, "Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter
the kingdom of God." Acts 2, when they preach the gospel, men and
women cried out, "What shall we do?" The answer was, "Repent and be
baptized for the remission of sins."
Then think about the example of Saul in Acts 22:16. Saul was told by
the Lord, "You go in the city, and it’ll be told to you what you must do."
Ananias comes to him, "Saul, why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized
and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." Peter said it so
clearly in 1 Peter 3:21. Listen to these concise words, "Baptism does now
also save us. You must be immersed in water to get in the way and to be
prepared to go home."
Now, friend, there's one last, final thought that we want to leave on
your heart and on your mind today.
If I'm going to be saved, then friend, I've got to continue every day on
the journey toward Heaven. Don't ever give up. Don't ever look back.
Continue pressing forward toward Heaven. Listen to Colossians 3:1-4; the
Bible says, "If, then, you were raised with Christ, seek those things which

are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind
on things above, not on things on the Earth, for you died and your life is
hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you
also will appear with him in glory."
The good news today is if I get in the way, if I obey the gospel, if I
strive to live faithful unto death every day, if I continually seek Heaven as
my main goal, then when Christ comes back, on that great day when Christ
returns, the Bible says, "We'll meet him in the air, and we shall always be
with the Lord," 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16.
Our plea today, our encouragement today, is get in the way. If you're
not a child of God, you're not on the way home, we beg you to become one
If, as a Christian, you're striving every day to walk in the light and live
as you ought to, then friend, there's a good encouragement to know that
you're in the way, that if God came back right now, you'd be ready.
Let's each of us make sure God's way is our way, that we can live
with Him each and every day for eternity.

Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 8”
1. What did Jesus tell the disciples in John 14:1?

2. Where do the righteous go according to Matthew 25:46?

3. According to 2 Samuel 12:23, where did David have to go to
see his son again?

4. Why is the Lord long-suffering according to 2 Peer 3:9?

5. According to John 14:6, how do we get to the Father?

6. According to 2 Timothy, where does the scripture come from?

7. According to Matthew 7:13-14, which way should we go?

8. According to Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25, what seems right to

9. What does Matthew 16:24 tell us to do if we desire Jesus?

10. Where are all spiritual blessings found according to Ephesians

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